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A07064 Summary:

Rpld 4-a, add 11-c, Cons Dists L
Establishes a drain tile revolving loan fund; provides low interest loans to farmers.
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A07064 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     April 23, 2015
        Introduced  by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Agriculture -- recommitted  to  the  Committee  on  Agriculture  in
          accordance  with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill
          amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  soil  and  water conservation districts law, in
          relation to farm  drain  tile  financial  assistance;  and  to  repeal
          section 4-a of such law relating thereto
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 4-a of the soil and  water  conservation  districts
     2  law is REPEALED.
     3    §  2.  The  soil  and  water  conservation districts law is amended by
     4  adding a new section 11-c to read as follows:
     5    § 11-c. Farm drain tile financial assistance program.   1. Subject  to
     6  the  availability  of  funds,  financial assistance is available to farm
     7  operations, as defined in section three hundred one of  the  agriculture
     8  and  markets law, to fund the implementation of subsurface tile drainage
     9  projects that meet the following criteria:
    10    a. the farm operation must participate in  the  Agricultural  Environ-
    11  mental  Management (AEM) program as set forth in article eleven-A of the
    12  agriculture and markets law, having completed at least an  AEM  Tier  3A
    13  nutrient management plan for their entire crop production land base;
    14    b.  the project must be for the construction or improvement of subsur-
    15  face drain tile, nutrient management and best  management  practices  to
    16  reduce the risk of nutrients exiting tile lines;
    17    c.  the  project  must  be  implemented  by  a  district,  or group of
    18  districts acting jointly, and such district or districts must have funds
    19  available to pay for its/their share of the eligible project costs.
    20    2. Applications for matching grants shall contain the following infor-
    21  mation:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    a. the name and location of the farm operation and the  tracts  to  be
     2  improved through subsurface drainage;
     3    b.  identification  of the best management practices to be implemented
     4  to reduce the risk of nutrients exiting tile lines;
     5    c. a cost estimate for the proposed project;
     6    d. the source of funds available to the district to pay for its  share
     7  of the eligible costs;
     8    e. information sufficient to demonstrate that the criteria in subdivi-
     9  sion one of this section have been met; and
    10    f.  such  further  information  as  may  thereafter be required by the
    11  committee to determine funding prioritization in the event that applica-
    12  tions for funding exceed amounts  available  for  the  purpose  of  this
    13  section.
    14    3.  Eligible  costs  that  may  be funded pursuant to this section are
    15  consultant/contractor  services,  engineering  costs,  legal   services,
    16  equipment/materials, and other direct expenses related to project imple-
    17  mentation.
    18    4. State assistance payments pursuant to this section shall be up to a
    19  maximum  of  seventy-five  percent  of the eligible costs, not to exceed
    20  fifty thousand dollars per annum to any single agricultural producer.
    21    5. The committee may adopt rules and regulations necessary to effectu-
    22  ate the purposes of this section.
    23    § 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    24  have become a law.
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